The weather might not be playing along but the tourist season is underway in Dubrovnik as the first fleet of international flights landed this weekend at Dubrovnik Airport. The city was alive to the sights and sounds of international guests at the weekend and according to official statistics there were over 4,000 tourists in the city last weekend.
Normally the Easter period is the opening of the tourist season in Dubrovnik, however, it would appear that it has started a little earlier than normal. Last weekend’s figures represent almost seven and a half times more guests than at the same period from last year, which is probably understandable. However, in comparison to the record breaking tourist year of 2019 the number of tourists in Dubrovnik last weekend was 82 percent of the same number from the same weekend in 2019. This comparison gives hope that the tourist season this year will be back on track and as many of the cafés and restaurants choose last weekend to reopen after their winter break the overriding impression is one of optimism.
Huge increase in UK tourists as flights start
The most numerous tourist last weekend were Croatians, taking the opportunity to enjoy the city before the main season starts, followed by tourists from Great Britain, USA, Germany, France, Ireland, Spain and Finland. Yes, the fact that UK tourists were the second most numerous ties into the fact that some airlines have restarted flights. With British Airways coming from London, Jet2.com from Birmingham and easyJet from Bristol, London and Manchester. The importance of the UK market is huge in Dubrovnik, and this was clearly seen when the UK restricted travel in the Covid-19 pandemic. However, with the UK government deciding to reopen the country and drop most restrictions, including the wearing of face masks, an iflux of brits is expected again this year.
And more and more flights are in the pipeline, this coming Saturday, the 9th of April, a grand total of 32 national and international flights will land at Dubrovnik Airport. And the next day on Sunday, the 10th of April, a further 24 flights are expected. Compare this to only a few weeks ago when only three international airlines were operating on a weekly basis to Dubrovnik.
During March, close to 24,600 tourist arrivals and 52,500 overnight stays were registered in Dubrovnik, which is four and a half times more than in the same month of last year. Although it was only a half of the tourist traffic from March 2019, which clearly indicates that although the season has started strongly there is still some way to go to get back to the pre-pandemic figures.